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9 Great Recipes That Will Change Your Mind About Brussels Sprouts


What could be more traditional on Christmas Day than parents making sure that kids have at least three Brussels sprouts on their plate. I certainly grew up thinking they were the worst thing ever. All most as bad as Marmite! As I remember it, I had to eat at least one on the big day. Over the last few years, as I have explored vegetables more and more, I have relented on my views of them.

The problem is that most people would boil Brussels sprouts like you would most greens. Not very exciting. It takes just a little bit of creativity to turn them in to something you would love to eat.

Over at CookingLight, Ann Pittman has posted, 5 Brussels Sprouts Recipes That Will Change Your Opinion on Sprouts Forever

Brussels sprouts have come a long way in the past decade or so. Before then, they were hardly beloved; squishy, overcooked versions defined most folks’ sprout experience. Now, though, Brussels sprouts are adored for their earthy and slightly sweet flavor (when properly cooked), whether sautéed, quick braised, roasted, or raw. With as little as a few minutes of quick prep, a splash of oil, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper, you can feast upon a delicious Brussels sprouts side.

At Mad House Family Reviews, Cheryl Pasquier has a great recipe for Crunchy Brussels Sprouts

What’s your favourite part of Christmas dinner? For me, it isn’t even the turkey – it’s all the little extras that go with it, like roast parsnips, stuffing, cocktail sausages wrapped in bacon and, believe it or not, the humble Brussels sprouts. We don’t eat sprouts that often, because (unsurprisingly) the Madhouse kids aren’t fans, but they do go with Christmas. I love this recipe idea for Crunchy Brussels Sprouts which might make them more palatable for the younger members of the family.

Jenna at Raw Rhubarb has a very creative recipe that should convince most people to change their minds, Chorizo Brussels Sprouts

A festive side dish to go with a main or a light meal for one. Perfect to turn sprout haters into sprout lovers. When in doubt add bacon. If you don’t like sprouts there is a leek version too

Andi at the Weary Chef has come up with a recipe that uses her slow cooker, Slow Cooker Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Chicken

Make these slow cooker Brussels sprouts and carrots with or without the chicken for a perfect dinner or side dish recipe! This dish is seasoned with bacon, apple cider, and maple syrup making it perfect for Fall holidays or weeknight meals.

Averie at Averie cooks has possibly the most challenging recipe. Very simple but not everyone will date try it, Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

There are a couple restaurants in San Diego that make fried brussels sprouts and along with a cheese platter and some drinks, I’m seriously in heaven. Rather than frying them, these brussels sprouts are roasted at a high temp so that wonderful caramelization develops and they’re so fast and easy to make. Halfway through baking, flip them over and drizzle with balsamic glaze or balsamic reduction (not the same as just straight balsamic vinegar) and a pinch of brown sugar to boost the caramelization factor.

My favourites come from Jenna and Averie, I love chorizo and the idea of roasting Brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar are both very appealing. What do you do with your sprouts and which recipe here would you want to try out?

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